Saturday, September 8, 2018

#2068: Rosie O'Donnell

Ok, we’ll bite and give her a brief note. Rosie O’Donnell is most famous for being a, shall we say, outspoken actress, comedian and television personality, and one that President Donald Trump has had a weird obsession with. And, as with so many others in similar situations, with great celebrity comes great confidence in one’s own opinions, and when those opinions are unfettered by external constraints such as evidence, truth or reason, the road to idiotic crankery is a short one.

O’Donnell is, for instance, a 9/11 truther, sarcastically saying that 9/11, 2001, must have been the “first time” that “steel was melted by fire.” Swings and misses, in other words. In fairness, O’Donnell has subsequently exhibited a certain degree of unwillingness to discuss the details, but the fact remains that she did endorse the “documentary” Loose Change, and has not at any point since actually denied any of its claims. She is, of course, not alone in a television context (here is Roberto Orci going truther, and we’ve already covered Martin Sheen, Woody Harrelson and Ed Asner, but the fact that many stupid people believe a stupid thing does not make the stupid thing less stupid.

Apparently O’Donnell is a fan of homeopathy, too.

Diagnosis: Yes, a celebrity loon. Just don’t listen to the nonsense that drops out of her mouth (and why on Earth would you?), and you’ll be fine.

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